Abstract

To provide the fundamental data for a color zone map, the color appearances of nearly unique hue stimuli presented over the entire visual field were qualitatively and quantitatively evaluated by hue and saturation judgments, blackness evaluation, and categorical color naming. The hue of red and green stimuli shifts toward a unique yellow, while that of yellow and blue does not change with an increase in eccentricity. The saturation of all the stimuli falls with an increase in the eccentricity in all directions. On the basis of the unique hue component, color zone maps for red, dark yellow, yellow, green, and blue stimuli are drawn. All the color zone maps extend over a wider region in the temporal and lower directions than in the nasal and upper directions of the visual field. The results are compared with the color zones of previous studies. The relationship between the color zones and the color categorization, as well as the underlying mechanisms of reduced saturation and hue shift, is discussed.

© 2003 Optical Society of America

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